Officers Increase Enforcement for Accident Awareness
Lincoln Police Department's Southeast Team second and third shift officers are participating in a special enforcement project titled "Arrive Alive". Beginning August 17, 2009, a wrecked vehicle will be displayed on the northeast corner of S. 27th and Old Cheney with a banner that reads "Arrive Alive". This intersection was chosen based on the number of accidents that occur in the area. From June 2008-June 2009, officers investigated 146 accidents on Old Cheney Road. Fifty seven of those accidents occurred on Old Cheney Road, from S. 27th to S. 40th Streets.
During the weekend of August 21st and 22nd, 2009, Southeast Team officers will also conduct a saturation detail. The focus will be to impact traffic violations and DUIs in the Southeast Team area. The saturation detail allows officers to make a high number of contacts, operating under a "zero tolerance" policy.
The following weekend, a Safety and Sobriety Checkpoint is planned, at an undisclosed location, on Friday evening, August 28, 2009, from 10:30 p.m. until Saturday morning, August 29, 2009, at 2:30 a.m. Increased enforcement for the project is funded by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).
Officers will be focusing on drivers who are impaired and will also be looking for other traffic and safety violations. Those who appear to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be given field sobriety tests and face possible arrest. The primary purpose of the checkpoint is to raise the level of public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving and inform citizens about the efforts that are being used to identify and apprehend impaired drivers. All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This sobriety checkpoint is our effort to reduce those tragedies.
Last year, Lincoln police officers investigated 8,909 traffic accidents, 1,793 which resulted in injury and 6 accidents which resulted in death. Officers also arrested a record 2,215 drivers in 2008 for driving under the influence.